Friday, December 30, 2011

Dec 30th - Camacho Pre-Embargo

Number #1 in TheDailyCigar's Top 5 countdown of new to me cigars of 2011 brings us the Camacho Pre-Embargo which only comes in a 6x48 vitola. The Camacho Pre-Embargo features a 1999 Vintage Jamastran Corojo Wrapper and features fillers that include authentic pre-embargo Cuban tobacco. It has a classic pig tail cap and closed foot that both pay homage to classic Cuban cigars. It has full flavors of Classic Cuban tobacco, creamy spice, and nuts with hints of leather and pepper. I smoked this cigar back on my birthday and all I can say is that it is phenomenal. The Pre-Embargo is one of the greatest cigars I've ever had the pleasure of smoking.

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Dec 29th 2011 - Room 101 Namakubi

Number #2 in TheDailyCigar's Top 5 countdown of new to me cigars of 2011 brings us the Room 101 Namkubi Roxxo in a 4x48 vitola. The Namakubi is a special limited release blend by Matt Booth that he is producing in his collaboration with Camacho. The Namakubi is steeped in Samurai history as Namakubi in Japanese means "Freshly Severed Head". The Namakubi sports a Ecuadorian Habano wrapper with a Honduran binder while featuring Honduran and Dominican fillers. The Namakubi features notes of espresso, wood and leather throughout with a slightly sweet finish to round out it's balanced complexity. This cigar from first light to nub always leaves me wanting to light another one up.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Dec 28th 2011 - Man O War Puro Authentico

Number #3 in TheDailyCigar's countdown of new to me cigars of 2011 brings us the Man O War Puro Authentico Corona in a 5x42 vitola which is it's only size. Originally conceived as AJ Fernandez's personal blend to smoke on a day to day basis he was finally convinced by the guys at cigar.com to make it a mass production cigar. Thankfully for us he did. Coming from Tabaclera Fernandez the Puro Authentico has a mix of Nicaraguan long fillers and an Esteli Habano wrapper from Nicaragua. It has a pig tail cap and an unfinished shaggy foot. It has flavors of earth, leather and tons of spice. This cigar blew me away and I feel it will you too.

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Dec 27th 2011 - San Lotano Oval

Continuing TheDailyCigar's top 5 new cigars to me of 2011 countdown #4 is the San Lotano Oval Toro in a 6.5x54 vitola. San Lotano is another one of AJ Fernandez's masterfully blended lines. The Oval is the newest addition to the line. The Oval features a 4+ year old Habano 2000 wrapper, a Nicaraguan Binder and a mixture of fillers from Nicaragua, Honduras and according to http://ajfernandezcigars.com/products/oval some of AJ Fernandez's secret filler. Hailing from Tabaclera Fernandez in Esteli, Nicaragua the Oval is simply fantastic. Flavor notes of light spice, cedary wood, coffee, leather and dark chocolate help to make this cigar as well rounded as the name would lead you to believe it is.

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Monday, December 26, 2011

Dec 26th 2011 - H. Upmann Sun Grown

This week I am going to be doing a countdown of the top 5 cigars that I tried this year. Today I will feature #5: The H. Upmann Sun Grown Magnum in a 6x54 vitola. The H. Upmann Sun Grown label features a Sun Grown Ecuadorian wrapper with a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro binder with Honduran and Nicaraguan fillers. This cigar features great notes of classic tobacco, wood, spice and a nice sweetness to round it out and bring it all together. This cigar is a full bodied smoke and has even fuller flavors. What it lacks in complex changing flavors it makes up in a consistent flavor profile that has you looking forward to the next puff. If you haven't had a chance to smoke one of these and you get the chance to do it!


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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Dec 25th 2011 - Gurkha Cellar Reserve

Merry Christmas to TheDailyCigar family! Christmas brings us the Gurkha Cellar Reserve Prisoner Churchill in a 7x54 vitola. The Cellar Reserve utilizes all 15 year-old aged tobacco, it has a 1998 Criollo wrapper, a Dominican Olor binder and Nicaraguan Criollo filler. The Cellar Reserve comes packaged in a box that was designed to promote aging like a wine or liquor barrel. The Cellar Reserve has flavors of classic tobacco, oak, citrus, and a sweet spice that brings it all together. The Cellar Reserve is one of the top new releases of 2011 and can please any cigar enthusiast new or old. I chose this to be today's cigar as I was graciously gifted a box of these by Gurkha with some other goodies. Thank you guys again for the amazing package. And again Merry Christmas to TheDailyCigar family! Don't forget to take a moment to remember those around the world fighting for our freedom and those who have given their lives for our freedom. If it wasn't for them we wouldn't be able to celebrate the holidays. I hope everyone and their families have a safe and blessed holiday season...

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*Please note that the fact that these cigars were gifted to me by Gurkha in no way impacted the review or information about the cigar.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Dec 24th 2011 - TheDailyCigar Contest Winner Pt 2

Today brings us the second of the two contest winners. The winners will be receiving a package each from me all cigars entered in the contest will be distributed to the winners. Lcpleel is the other winner with his entry the La Flor Dominicana Factory Press II in it's only size a 6 1/4x54 flat/box pressed vitola. The Factory Press is box pressed which means it's corners have hard lines and comes in the actually factory press from the LFD factory. The Factory Press II has a Nicaraguan Oscuro Natural wrapper, a Dominican binder and 7 and 8 year old Dominican long fillers. The Factory Press II has flavor notes of spice, pepper, chocolate, sweet tobacco and chocolate. Thanks and congrats Issac!

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Dec 23rd 2011 - TheDailyCigar Contest Winner Pt 1

Ok so the contest ended in a tie between the votes here and the votes on the cigar.com forum. The winners will be receiving a package each from me all cigars entered in the contest will be distributed to the winners. The first of the two winners is MTuccelli who entered the Alec Bradley Trilogy Native Cameroon Robusto in a 5x50 vitola. The Trilogy Native Cameroon comes from the Dominican Republic with a Cameroon wrapper, Honduran binder and features Nicaraguan and Italian long fillers. The Trilogy Native Cameroon has leathery core that's supported by notes of woody, spice and earth. Thanks and congrats Mike!

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Need everybody's help - Want the Deftones to play my wedding

Everybody I'm getting married on Oct 7th next year to the love of my life in front of my family and friends. The only thing that could make that day any better is if my favorite band played it. I know this may seem ridiculous but I have to try and to do that I need to find a way to share my story with the Deftones on why I want them to play my wedding. I don't really want to make my story public as I don't like putting it out there but when I met them and shared only a small part of it I could tell it moved them, esp Abe, and I more than anything just want to share my entire story with them. In short I am a former infantry Marine who is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Everybody please flood @wbr, @deftonesband and their FB page with support for this and let's make it happen! Like it on facebook! http://www.facebook.com/pages/I-want-the-Deftones-to-play-my-wedding/212770118806006?sk=info#!/pages/I-want-the-Deftones-to-play-my-wedding/212770118806006


They are signed with Maverick, Warner Brothers and Reprise. Please help me find a way to get in touch with them and share my story and hopefully get them to play my wedding. Below is a pic from when I met them in May:

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Dec 22nd 2011 - Punch

Today brings us the Punch Magnum in a 5 1/4x54 vitola. Punch has a rich history in the cigar industry. Established in 1840 Punch is one of the oldest brands in the industry. Punch still produces Cuban cigars but also debuted their Honduran line in 1969. This cigar features long fillers from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Honduras with an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper. It is a very solid smoke with flavors of cream, earth and classic tobacco flavors. I had nothing to tie into today and wanted to feature a brand I hadn't featured yet.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Dec 21st 2011 - Tatuaje Boris

Today brings us the Tatuaje Boris in it's only vitola a 7x49. The Boris is an off shoot of the prolific Tatuaje Monster Series which features a new release every year. First The Frank, then The Drac, then The Face and then The Wolfman this year. The Boris was done the same year as the Drac and is considered an out of costume Frank to pay homage to Boris Karloff the actor who played Frankenstein's monster in the 1931 horror film classic Frankenstein. Only 1000 boxes were produced and each contained 10 Boris which has made it to say the least highly sought after and hard to find. The Boris features Nicaraguan long fillers and binder with an Ecuadorian Sumatra Rosado wrapper. Reviews say that you get a nutty, peppery, spicy cigar with hints of peppermint and leather. I chose this for today's cigar based on what occurred on this day in 1861. President Lincoln signed into effect Public Resolution 82 which contained the provision for a Navy Medal of Honor. The Medal of Honor is the highest award that can be bestowed upon a member of the United States Military. 3475 medals have been awarded to 3456 different people. I chose the Boris to tie to this as just as it pays homage to the tradition of Boris Karloff just as the Medal of Honor pays homage to the extreme sacrifices and brave actions taken by those who have been awarded it.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Dec 20th 2011 - The Daily Cigar Contest Voting

Today brings us the voting portion of the contest I've been posting about for the last 8 days. Simply leave a vote below, or on the cigar.com forum thread, for whatever cigar is your favorite or whatever picture is your favorite. Also make sure you share it with your friends and get them to vote as well. Voting will go for the next roughly 72 hours, 0600 on Dec 23rd is when it will end. Thanks everybody!

Day 1 brought us the Alec Bradley Trilogy Native Cameroon Robusto in a 5x50 vitola. The Trilogy Native Cameroon comes from the Dominican Republic with a Cameroon wrapper, Honduran binder and features Nicaraguan and Italian long fillers. The Trilogy Native Cameroon has leathery core that's supported by notes of woody, spice and earth. Entered by MTuccelli:

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Day 2 brought us the Kristoff Corojo Limitada Robusto in a 5.5x54 vitola. The Corojo Limitada features a Nicaraguan Corojo Habano wrapper, a Nicaraguan Habano binder with Nicaraguan and Dominican Habano tobaccos for it's long fillers. With strong full flavors of leather, spice and pepper the Corojo Limitada is a full bodied well balanced and consistent smoke. Entered by CvilleE:

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Day 3 brought us the Xikar HC Series Habano Colorado Toro in a 6.5x52 vitola. Xikar is widely recognized as one of the top cigar accessory makers out there. They teamed up with master blender Jesus Fuego when they felt it was time to produce their own cigar line. The Habano Colorado has fillers from Costa Rica, Nicaragua and the Honduras, a Nicaraguan binder and features a Habano Colorado wrapper from the Jalapa Valley in Nicaragua. This cigar features a great core of classic and earthy tobacco with good amounts of pepper and a sweetness that develops and becomes a prominent note about half way through. Entered by The Kid:

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Day 4 brought us the Perdomo Champagne Noir Figurado in a 4 3/4x56 vitola. The Champagne Noir's wrapper is triple fermented. Nick Perdomo put it as such “After carefully fermenting these thick Cuban‐seed Maduro wrappers for well over 14 months in a natural pilon, we age them an additional 6 months in oak bourbon barrels." Which makes this maduro very unique. The Champagne Noir is made of all Nicaraguan tobaccos which makes it a true Nicaraguan Puro. The Champagne Noir has flavor notes of coffee, cream, a cocoa sweetness, earth, wood and nuts that build and change prominence throughout. Entered by BigT06:

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Day 5 brought us the Diesel Unholy Cocktail in a 5x56 vitola. The Unholy Cocktail hails from Tabaclera Fernandez in Nicaragua and is blended by AJ Fernandez himself. The Unholy Cocktail has a Pennsylvania Broadleaf Maduro wrapper with a Nicaraguan binder and fillers. This is a very complex full bodied cigar. It has flavors of leather, pepper, earth, chocolaty sweetness and spice. Entered by 90+Irishman:

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Day 6 brought us the La Flor Dominicana Factory Press II in it's only size a 6 1/4x54 flat/box pressed vitola. The Factory Press is box pressed which means it's corners have hard lines and comes in the actually factory press from the LFD factory. The Factory Press II has a Nicaraguan Oscuro Natural wrapper, a Dominican binder and 7 and 8 year old Dominican long fillers. The Factory Press II has flavor notes of spice, pepper, chocolate, sweet tobacco and chocolate. Entered by Lcpleel:

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Day 7 brought us the Man of War Ruination Belicoso in a 5.7x56 vitola. The Ruination hails from Tabaclera Fernandez in Nicaragua and is blended by AJ Fernandez. It has a Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Nicaraguan binder with Nicaraguan and Honduran long fillers. Consisting of mostly ligero leaves the Ruination is a full bodied cigar. With tons of spice, leather, coffee and pepper it has well balanced flavors. Entered by Robbyras:

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Day 8 brought us the Fuente Fuente Opus X Forbidden LBMF in a 4x48 vitola. The Forbidden X line consists of non regular release Opus X cigars. LBMF stands for "Little Bad Mother F_ _ _ _ _" ,you can fill in the blanks, and is a Casa Fuente rarity. The Forbidden LBMF consists of tobaccos all from it's native home the Dominican Republic with it's wrapper and binder being Opus X Rosados and a mixture of Opus X fillers. With the Forbidden LBMF you get a sweet, spicy, leathery, cedary, earthy and cocoa flavor bomb that would be expected from a super premium. Entered by 415:

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Dec 19th 2011 - Opus Forbidden X

Day 8 wraps up contest week with the Fuente Fuente Opus X Forbidden LBMF in a 4x48 vitola. The Forbidden X line consists of non regular release Opus X cigars. LBMF stands for "Little Bad Mother F_ _ _ _ _" ,you can fill in the blanks, and is a Casa Fuente rarity. The Forbidden LBMF consists of tobaccos all from it's native home the Dominican Republic with it's wrapper and binder being Opus X Rosados and a mixture of Opus X fillers. With the Forbidden LBMF you get a sweet, spicy, leathery, cedary, earthy and cocoa flavor bomb that would be expected from a super premium. Thanks for the entry 415!

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Dec 18th 2011 - Man of War Ruination

Day 7 of contest week brings us the Man of War Ruination Belicoso in a 5.7x56 vitola. The Ruination hails from Tabaclera Fernandez in Nicaragua and is blended by AJ Fernandez. It has a Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Nicaraguan binder with Nicaraguan and Honduran long fillers. Consisting of mostly ligero leaves the Ruination is a full bodied cigar. With tons of spice, leather, coffee and pepper it has well balanced flavors. Thanks for the entry Robbyras!

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Dec 17th 2011 - La Flor Dominicana Factory Press II

Day 6 of contest week brings us the La Flor Dominicana Factory Press II in it's only size a 6 1/4x54 flat/box pressed vitola. The Factory Press is box pressed which means it's corners have hard lines and comes in the actually factory press from the LFD factory. The Factory Press II has a Nicaraguan Oscuro Natural wrapper, a Dominican binder and 7 and 8 year old Dominican long fillers. The Factory Press II has flavor notes of spice, pepper, chocolate, sweet tobacco and chocolate. Thanks for the entry Lcpleel!

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Dec 16th 2011 - Diesel Unholy Cocktail

Day 5 of contest week brings us the Diesel Unholy Cocktail in a 5x56 vitola. The Unholy Cocktail hails from Tabaclera Fernandez in Nicaragua and is blended by AJ Fernandez himself. The Unholy Cocktail has a Pennsylvania Broadleaf Maduro wrapper with a Nicaraguan binder and fillers. This is a very complex full bodied cigar. It has flavors of leather, pepper, earth, chocolaty sweetness and spice. Thanks to 90+Irishman for his entry!

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Dec 15th 2011 - Perdomo Champagne Noir

Day 4 of contest week brings us the Perdomo Champagne Noir Figurado in a 4 3/4x56 vitola. The Champagne Noir's wrapper is triple fermented. Nick Perdomo put it as such “After carefully fermenting these thick Cuban‐seed Maduro wrappers for well over 14 months in a natural pilon, we age them an additional 6 months in oak bourbon barrels." Which makes this maduro very unique. The Champagne Noir is made of all Nicaraguan tobaccos which makes it a true Nicaraguan Puro. The Champagne Noir has flavor notes of coffee, cream, a cocoa sweetness, earth, wood and nuts that build and change prominence throughout. Thanks for the entry BigT06!

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Dec 14th 2011 - Xikar HC Series Habano Colorado

Day 3 of contest week brings us the Xikar HC Series Habano Colorado Toro in a 6.5x52 vitola. Xikar is widely recognized as one of the top cigar accessory makers out there. They teamed up with master blender Jesus Fuego when they felt it was time to produce their own cigar line. The Habano Colorado has fillers from Costa Rica, Nicaragua and the Honduras, a Nicaraguan binder and features a Habano Colorado wrapper from the Jalapa Valley in Nicaragua. This cigar features a great core of classic and earthy tobacco with good amounts of pepper and a sweetness that develops and becomes a prominent note about half way through. Thanks for the entry Kid!

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Dec 13th 2011 - Kristoff Corojo Limitada

Day 2 of the contest week brings us the Kristoff Corojo Limitada Robusto in a 5.5x54 vitola. The Corojo Limitada features a Nicaraguan Corojo Habano wrapper, a Nicaraguan Habano binder with Nicaraguan and Dominican Habano tobaccos for it's long fillers. With strong full flavors of leather, spice and pepper the Corojo Limitada is a full bodied well balanced and consistent smoke. Thanks for the entry CvilleE!

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Dec 12th 2011 - Alec Bradley Trilogy Native Cameroon

Today kicks off a contest I'm holding with the BOTL over on the cigar.com forum. I had 8 BOTL send me 1 stick each and at the end of the 8 days I will hold voting for 3 days and whoever wins will get the 8 sticks entered and will get a nice package from me as well. So to kick it off I bring you courtesy of MTuccelli the Alec Bradley Trilogy Native Cameroon Robusto in a 5x50 vitola. The Trilogy Native Cameroon comes from the Dominican Republic with a Cameroon wrapper, Honduran binder and features Nicaraguan and Italian long fillers. The Trilogy Native Cameroon has leathery core that's supported by notes of woody, spice and earth. Thanks for the entry Mike!

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Dec 11th 2011 - La Aurora E. Leon

Today brings us the La Aurora E. Leon Double Corona in a 7.5x50 vitola. The E. Leon has a Cameroon wrapper with an Indonesian binder and it's fillers coming from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. With flavor notes of earth, pepper, oak and a sweetness on the finish you get the consistency and quality of a La Aurora cigar that you have come to know and love as they are known as one of the top manufacturers in the industry. I chose this as a blind grab cigar for today. I opened up the humidor and reached in and this is what I came out with.

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Dec 10th 2011 - CAO La Traviata

Sorry for this being a day late I was very busy yesterday and didn't have a chance to get this up. So for Dec 10th I will be featuring the CAO La Traviata Radiante in a 6x52 vitola. The La Traviata has Dominican and Nicaraguan long fillers with a Cameroon binder and a Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. With a consistent flavor profile of leather, cedar, pepper and spice what this cigar lacks in complexity it makes up for with very full flavors. I chose this as a blind grab cigar for today. I opened up the humidor and reached in and this is what I came out with.

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Dec 9th 2011 - La Flor Dominicana Air Bender

Today brings us the La Flor Dominicana Air Bender Chisel in a 6.5x54 vitola. The chisel is a revolutionary design by the guys at LFD. It's a figuardo that is flattened and reminds me of a clarinet's mouthpiece. The Air Bender comes from the Dominican Republic with it's fillers and binder coming from there as well with an Ecuadorian wrapper. With bold flavors of dark chocolate, nuts, spice, pepper, earth and hints of leather the Air Bender is exceptional. I chose this to be today's cigar as I hadn't featured anything LFD yet and had to get them up here.

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Dec 8th 2011 - Gurkha Cuban Legacy

Today brings us the Gurkha Cuban Legacy Robusto in a 5.5x50 vitola. Gurkha's Cuban Legacy is a very popular cigar with a great price point around $2.50 on a box purchase you can't go wrong. The Cuban Legacy has Nicaraguan tobaccos for it's fillers and binder with a San Andreas Maduro wrapper. This is one of my favorite wrappers on the market. An earthy, wood, chocolaty core is complemented by notes of spice, nuts and pepper throughout. I chose this for today to pay honor to the legacy that The Greatest Generation. It was on this day 70 years ago that the United States formally entered into World War II. The United States military lost a total of 416,800 people in the war. A total of 464 Medals of Honor was awarded more than half of those, 266, were awarded post posthumously. If it were not for the love of country and braveness that they showed the United States would not be what it is today. My grandfather was 16 when he joined the Army to go fight in WWII. He was a field medic and was assigned to the 3rd Marine Division due to a shortage of Navy Corpsman. He bravely fought through the pacific war and has been a huge inspiration to me my entire life. I unfortunately lost him to cancer when I was 8 but nevertheless the things he did shaped everyone around him. Take a small moment of silence today to remember their sacrifices that have allowed us to have the lifestyles we enjoy today.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Dec 7th 2011- Joya De Nicaragua 1970 Antano

Today brings us the Joya De Nicaragua 1970 Antano Robusto in a 5.5x52 vitola. The Antano hails from Nicaragua with all it's tobacco's coming from it's home country. An earthy leathery core is complemented by spice, coffee and a slight chocolaty sweetness that rounds it all out. It is called the 1970 Antano as a tribute to the original Joya De Nicaragua blend which was rolled in 1970. I chose this to be today's cigar to pay tribute to those lost on this the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. On Dec 7th 1941 the Imperial Japanese Navy carried out their surprise attack on the naval base at Pearl Harbor. 353 Japanese fighters, bombers and torpedo planes attacked the base. Eight U.S. Navy battleships were damaged, to include the sinking of four. Six of the ships returned to service in the war after being repaired while 2 were unraisable. The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship, and a minelayer. One hundred eighty-eight U.S. aircraft were destroyed; 2,402 Americans were killed and 1,282 wounded. The Japanese only suffered the loss of twenty nine aircraft, five midget submarines, 65 servicemen killed or wounded and one Japanese sailor was captured. This lead to the United States entry in World War II on Dec 8th 1941.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Dec 6th 2011 - Opus X El Scorpion Natural

Today brings us the Arturo Fuente Opus X El Scorpion Natural in it's only vitola a 6 3/8x50 box pressed saloman. The El Scorpion Natural has a Opus X Rosado wrapper and binder with an Opus X blend for the fillers. The El Scorpion Natural comes in the yearly Funete Cigar Family Charitable Foundation 22 count humidor box. Each cigar comes in it's own coffin and each box is serialized and comes with a certificate of authenticity. The El Scorpion Natural has flavors of classic tobacco, pepper, wood and leather. I chose this to be today's cigar to honor a buddy of mine who gave his life in Afghanistan in service of our country. 1 year ago today the world lost a great man and the Marine Corps lost a great warrior who's son was born the very next day. Derek you will always be remembered for everything you did and we are eternally grateful!

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Dec 5th - The Daily Cigar Sampler

It is with great pleasure that today I announce that I now have a custom sampler with Cigar.com. I am very excited to bring this to everybody and hope you all enjoy it. With The Daily Cigar blog sampler you will receive:
1 - 5ct Herf-a-Dor
1 - Tatuaje Cabaiguan Imperiales
1 - Room 101 ‘702’
1 - Gurkha Evil Toro
1 - Cigar.com Sun Grown Label Torpedo
1 - Diesel Unholy Cocktail


This sampler carries an MSRP of around $60 but if you email service@cigar.com and ask for The Daily Cigar blog sampler you will receive this sampler for only $33.95! I custom built this sampler myself to pay homage to some of the biggest supporters of my blog. A huge thanks to Matt Booth of Room 101, Pete Johnson of Tatuaje, the guys at Gurkha and The Beard from cigar.com. For the price and the sticks you get it's a fantastic deal that with the holidays approaching makes a great gift for any cigar enthusiast as it covers everything from mild to medium to full bodied cigars. Below you will find descriptions of all of the cigars featured in the sampler. I hope you order it and if so that you enjoy all the smokes and the case that they come in. Thanks!

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Tatuaje Cabaiguan Imperiales
Cabaiguan is Pete Johnson's mild-medium bodied mass production cigar. The Imperiales comes to us in a 7x47 vitola. The Cabaiguan has Nicaraguan fillers and binder with a Ecuadorian grown Connecticut wrapper. This is one of the more complex mild-medium bodied cigars on the market. You'll get ever developing flavors throughout with everything from earth, wood and spice to make this creamy smoke keep you guessing throughout.

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Room 101 '702'
Matt Booth's first cigar to be released. The Room 101 '702'is in a 6x54 vitola and simply put it's fantastic. All Honduran tobaccos make up this cigar. Flavors of leather, dark chocolate, espresso and an underlying spice make this cigar what it is.

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Gurkha Evil Toro
Gurkha's Evil comes in a 6x50 vitola. The Evil has Nicraguan fillers, a Dominican binder and Brazilian wrapper. You'll get flavors of earth and leather at the core with pepper, spice, cocoa and hints of coffee throughout.

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Cigar.com Sun Grown Label
The Cigar.com Sun Grown Label Torpedo comes in a 6x52 vitola. Blended by AJ Fernandez and The Beard the Sun Grown Label is my top go to cigar. An Ecuadorian Sun Grown Sumatra wrapper is where this cigar gets it's name sake. An earthy core that is surrounded by a spicy sweetness makes this cigar consistent and enjoyable. Every time I've had one out the person smoking it raves and then when I drop it's average price point on them, around $2.70 on their site, they can't believe it's that good for that price.

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Diesel Unholy Cocktail
The Diesel Unholy Cocktail comes to us in a 5x56 vitola. This is one of my hands down favorite cigars. Wrapped in a beautiful Pennsylvania Broadleaf Maduro wrapper it's binder and fillers come from Nicragua. The complexity of this stick keeps you on your toes. With flavors of leather, pepper, earth, chocolaty sweetness and spice make up the blend. You can smoke it down to the fingers and the ash will hold. I had it happen once myself.

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Dec 4th 2011 - San Cristobal Elegencia

Today brings us the San Cristobal Elegencia Robusto in a 5x50 vitola. The San Cristobal line is produced by Don Pepin Garcia in Nicaragua in partnership with Ashton. The Elegencia has a Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper with it's fillers and binder coming from it's home country of Nicaragua. With a woody, earthy and buttery cream core it has notes of leather and pepper that pop up for a pleasant surprise. I chose this out of my archived photos as I'm working diligently on tomorrow big unveiling and love featuring anything DPG on here.

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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Dec 3rd 2011 - CAO Brazilia

Today brings us the CAO Brazilia in a 4.5x60 vitola. With fillers and it's binder coming from Nicaragua and it's wrapper coming from Brazil the Brazilia is one of my favorite maduros. With flavors of earth, leather, spice and a perfect chocolaty sweetness that ties it all together. I wanted to feature the Brazilia today as I'm busy working on something big for Mon Dec 5th and pulled this photo out of my files to use and figured since I hadn't featured it yet then this was the perfect opportunity. If you haven't had a Brazilia and you are a maduro fan then you might be missing out on something that imo is great.

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Friday, December 2, 2011

Dec 2nd 2011 - Tatuaje T110

Today's cigar is the Tatuaje T110 in a 4.3x52 vitola which is it's only size. Only 5,000 of these were made, 200 boxes of 25, and were all sold by a single cigar shop in Hawaii. Hailing from Nicaragua the T110 features all home country tobaccos in it, which just so happen to be all ligero. The T stands for thermonuclear and the 110 is the MM of the cigar. This cigar is a total beast! With booming pepper, leather, pepper, spice, pepper, a chocolately sweetness and pepper this cigar is a power bomb on the taste buds. Which brings us to why it is today's cigar. Today marks the 69th anniversary of when the Manhattan Project initiated the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction. This lead to the further creation of the nuclear bomb which as we all know changed the face of not only warfare but the world.

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Dec 1st 2011 - La Aroma De Cuba Marquis

Today brings us the La Aroma De Cuba Marquis Robusto in a 5 x 54 vitola. The Marquis is a new old addition to the La Aroma De Cuba line. By this I mean it was discontinued and then brought back. The Marquis features it's wrapper and binder from Honduras and fillers from Honduras and Nicaragua. With flavor notes of pepper, wood, coffee and a sweetness this may not be the most complex cigars but it is a very consistent with great construction, draw and burn. I wanted to dedicate today's blog to my fiance. She's pretty great :)


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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Nov 30th 2011 - San Lotano Oval

Today brings us the San Lotano Oval Toro in a 6.5x54 vitola. San Lotano is another one of AJ Fernandez's masterfully blended lines. The Oval is the newest addition to the line. The Oval features a 4+ year old Habano 2000 wrapper, a Nicaraguan Binder and a mixture of fillers from Nicaragua, Honduras and according to http://ajfernandezcigars.com/products/oval some of AJ Fernandez's secret filler. Hailing from Tabaclera Fernandez in Esteli, Nicaragua the Oval is simply fantastic. Flavor notes of light spice, cedary wood, coffee, leather and dark chocolate help to make this cigar as well rounded as the name would lead you to believe it is. Couldn't find anything in history to tie into today and have been wanting to feature the Oval ever since my buddy Stephen at WBFiller hooked me up with one the last time we herf'ed. If you haven't tried one yet do it. I can't imagine that any enthusiast new or old could be let down with this cigar.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Nov 29th 2011 - Gurkha Seduction

Today brings us the Gurkha Seduction Robusto in a 5x55 vitola. The Seduction is one of Gurkha's new releases this year. The Seduction features an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, a Dominican Olor binder and Colombian Corojo long fillers. With flavors of earth, spice, and a chocolaty sweetness that is complimented by woody notes the Seduction is a great new release that all enthusiast should give a try. I didn't have anything to tie into today and have been wanting to feature the Seduction. If you haven't tried it pick one up and give it try.

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Nov 28th 2011 - My Uzi Weighs A Ton

Today brings us the My Uzi Weighs A Ton Toro in a 6x60 vitola. MUWAT is produced by Drew Estate's Subculture Studio with Joya de Nicaragua and is their first joint blend. With Nicaraguan and Brazilian Mata Fina long fillers, a Connecticut Capote binder and a San Andres maduro wrapper the MUWAT makes makes the mouth water upon seeing it. With a earthy core that features a slight sweetness, cinnamon, spice and a leather this cigar is a medium bodied surprise. I chose this to be today's cigar as today is the anniversary of the death of Leslie Nielsen. Leslie Nielsen was in more than 100 movies and was most notably known for his comedic work in Airplane and The Naked Gun trilogy. I loved watching his movies growing up and still love them. Thanks for all the laughs Leslie...

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Nov 27th 2011 - Don Pepin Garcia Series JJ Maduro

Today brings us the Don Pepin Garcia Series JJ Maduro Selecto in a 5x50 vitola. With a broadleaf maduro wrapper and Nicaraguan corojo and criollo long fillers this oily maduro makes the mouth water upon seeing it. The DPG Series JJ Maduro has a leathery and earthy core, with a sweetness and spice that develop throughout this is one of the most well rounded maduros on the market. I chose this to be today's cigar as I only have 1 of them and have been wanting to smoke it but hadn't photographed it yet so now that I have it's on.

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Nov 26th 2011 - Carlos Torano Fortress

Today's cigar is the Carlos Torano Fortress Cannon in a 4.5x60 vitola. The Fortress features a Nicaraguan Habano Rosado wrapper with Nicaraguan, Peruvian and Honduran long fillers. With a cedary leathery core with spice and a creamy slighty sweet note throughout. I really enjoy this cigar. It has a very simple band, oily wrapper and great construction. I decided to feature this as today's cigar as it's one of the cigars I brought with me down to TN and realized I hadn't featured any of the Torano family's products and wanted to feature them. If you haven't tried the Fortress pick up a few and give it a shot.

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Nov 25th 2011 - #OccupyTheHumidor

Well it's finally here. #OccupyTheHumidor is happening! My good friend Stephen from WBFiller and I came up with #OccupyTheHumidor, a national herf day. A day where we forget about all the occupy wall street, and occupy this and that crap and focus on how to better ourselves, our families and those around us. Take this day to enjoy a great cigar, share one with a friend(s) and plan out how you will help out those around you. Some examples: Plan to volunteer at a shelter or a soup kitchen, join the big brothers/big sisters program, hold a canned food drive, etc

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Nov 24th 2011 - Pinar Del Rio 1878 Cubano Especial Capa Madura

Thanksgiving brings us the Pinar Del Rio 1878 Cubano Especial Capa Madura in a massive vitola. I don't have the exact dimensions on it but it's hefty. The PDR 1878 Cubano Especial Capa Madura sports a Brazilian Maduro wrapper with a Dominican Criollo binder and fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican. With great spice, leather, earth, wood and a chocolately sweetness this cigar is a medium bodied gem. I picked this for Thanksgiving due to the fact that it looks big and meaty but isn't a full bodied beast of a cigar. With all the distractions of the holiday let us not lose focus when looking at the big deals or big meals and remember that underneath it all that it's all about family. Hope every had an awesome Thanksgiving!

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